Internet-Based Telehealth Assessment of Language Using the CELF-4

Waite, Monique C., Theodoros, Deborah G., Russell, Trevor G. and Cahill, Louise M. (2010) Internet-Based Telehealth Assessment of Language Using the CELF-4. Language Speech And Hearing Services In Schools, 41 4: 445-458. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0131)

Author Waite, Monique C.
Theodoros, Deborah G.
Russell, Trevor G.
Cahill, Louise M.
Title Internet-Based Telehealth Assessment of Language Using the CELF-4
Journal name Language Speech And Hearing Services In Schools   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0161-1461
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0131)
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 445
End page 458
Total pages 14
Place of publication Washington, D.C.
Publisher American Speech - Language - Hearing Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Purpose: Telehealth has the potential to improve children's access to speech-language pathology services. Validation of telehealth applications, including the assessment of childhood language disorders, is necessary for telehealth to become an accepted alternative mode of service provision. The aim of this study was to validate an Internet-based telehealth system for assessing childhood language disorders. Method: Twenty-five children ages 5 to 9 years were assessed using the core language subtests of the Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-4th Edition (CELF4; Semel, Wiig, & Secord, 2003). Each participant was simultaneously assessed online and face-to-face (FTF). Assessments were administered by either an online or an FTF speech-language pathologist (SLP), but were simultaneously rated by both SLPs. Results: No significant difference was found between the online and FTF total raw scores and scaled scores for each subtest. Weighted kappas revealed very good agreement on the individual items, total raw scores, scaled scores, core language score, and severity level. Intra- and interrater reliability were determined for a sample of online ratings, with intraclass correlation analysis revealing very good agreement on all measures. Conclusion: The results of this study support the validity and reliability of scoring the core language subtests of the CELF-4 via telehealth. © American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Keyword Internet-based
Standardized language assessment
Speech Disorders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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